Mathematicians and School Mathematics Education: A Pan-American Workshop (14w5128)


(University of Toronto)


Patricio Felmer (Universidad de Chile, Member of the Chilean Academy)

(Boston College)

(The University of Arizona)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Mathematicians and School Mathematics Education: A Pan-American Workshop" workshop from January 26th to January 31st, 2014.

International problems with mathematics education in the pan-American
region are well-document by international studies such as TIMSS and
PISA, and have a profoundly limiting effect on economic growth and
capacity for democratic citizenship. Solving these problems requires
the collaboration of many communities, but in particular the
involvement of mathematicians is essential.

The workshop will take advantage of the
international character of the community of mathematicians to
strengthen that involvement in North, Central and South America and
the Caribbean. The proposed workshop would provide an opportunity for
mathematicians to share knowledge of their efforts and learn from the
experiences of others, to develop strategies for the effective
participation of mathematicians in improving school mathematics
education, and to continue the development of a regional network of
mathematicians working in school education.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).